February 1, 2013 3:30 PM by Wade Blogs
Fox News – On Feb. 1, 2003, space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas while returning from a 16-day trip to space.
The accident killed six Americans and Israel’s first astronaut. They were returning home from a science mission, just minutes from landing in Florida. An investigation board later determined the cause was damage to the wing that occurred during liftoff.
After the incident, the shuttles were grounded for more than two years, and resumed flying with more safety features in place, before ultimately being retired in 2011.
While we are 99% about fun and jokes on B-Minus Blogs, we do like to take the time to remember the past. Today, February 1, ten years ago the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over the state of Texas as it returned home from a mission. Not going to get into it really. 6 Americans and 1 Israeli were lost too soon.
Commander Rick Husband;
Pilot William McCool; Kalpana Chawla;
Dr. Laurel Clark;
Dr. David Brown; and
Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.
They left behind grieving loved ones, including 12 children now aged 15 to 32.
God bless the brave men and women who risk their life to explore the vast frontier of space.